With the onset of climate change and not enough mitigating strategies employed by the people and the government, we are facing a convergence of crises that range from the physical up to the mental. People are either obese or malnourished, eating unhealthy food that are either full of preservatives, chemicals and hormones or genetically modified organisms that are just as deadly. Anguish, isolation and depression are also some of what people nowadays share as everyone follows their boring routine of house – office/school – house for eight to ten hours a day, failing to reach out and establish new connections.
Our planet is gradually burning up as well. Here in Cebu, it is quite impossible to walk on the sidewalks of major roads without inhaling a lot of black smoke, and sitting in jeepneys waiting for the jam-packed cars to move while soot is being belched all around you is another uncomfortable experience. With the daily emission of chemicals in the air that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect, the polar caps melt and the world heats up, changing the climate and bringing disasters that are worsened with deforestation, the burning of fossil fuels, and other man-made environmental disturbances.
The future that awaits us is bleak if we continue to destroy the Earth the way we are doing now. Perhaps there will not even be a future for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Time is not a luxury that can be bought or spent carelessly. If we do not want to end up as environmental refugees who have nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to, then it is time for each one of us to change ourselves and save the world.